Wiss-Nama Newsletter March 2021

18.03.2021 - Press release

News from Indo-German Cooperation

Indo-German Forum on Cities and Climate sees hundreds exchange ideas on the climate-friendly cities of tomorrow

On March 16 and 17, DWIH New Delhi organised its annual Indo-German Forum, which addressed the topics of urbanisation and climate change. The two-day virtual event was opened by DWIH Director Dr. Katja Lasch and German Ambassador H.E. Walter Lindner. After a keynote by Dr. Eva Ottendoerfer on visions for the city of the future, the Forum featured a total of 8 panels, which highlighted ongoing research projects and showcased practical initiatives in the field of cities and climate. Over 35 Indian and German scientists, decision-makers, and professionals from various disciplines presented their research projects and explained how cities adapt to climate change and how urban settlements can minimise their environmental impacts. Hundreds of participants joined to hear the panel discussions, engage in discussions with the exprts and to exchange ideas and network in the virtual meeting hall. Dr. Lasch sums it up: “Over 650 participants engaged in the event over two days. Their positive feedback proves that the forum made a real contribution to the scientific and also public discourse on this hugely relevant topic. Those who could not attend can find recordings of the panels and information on relevant research institutions on the event platform until mid-April. ”

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IGSTC Governing Body Meeting sets the tone for second decade of Indo-German flagship institute

On March 4, the Governing Body (GB) of the Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSCT) convened virtually. The body met for the first time since the new Director R. Madhan took over the post. Chaired by DST and BMBF, the GB-members from science, industry, and public administration discussed ideas on how to further increase IGSTC’s  potential to boost Indo-German Science and Technology cooperation, especially in the domain of industrial research and technology development. In the words of R. Madhan, “IGSTC is in a perfect place to create opportunities for early career & women researchers, integrate with industry, and address innovative technologies such as AI and big data.” In 2021, IGSTC will complete 10 years of work and can look back on dozens of successful 2+2 projects involving industry participation and networking workshops. The most recent call on Additive Manufacturing closed in February.

For more information, see the portrait on IGSTC below.

Science Circle Lecture: Why is the universe not empty?

On February 22, DWIH New Delhi, Heidelberg University and German Embassy organised a virtual Science Circle Lecture on the Cosmos and the development of its structures. In his fascinating lecture, Matthias Bartelmann, Professor of theoretical astrophysics at Heidelberg University, took the audience on a breathtaking tour de force through the development of the Universe and the role of dark matter in it. The lecture was followed by a lively Q&A session with an audience of scientists, students, and astrology lovers.

To watch the recording of the lecture: https://www.dwih-newdelhi.org/en/event/science-circle-lecture-why-is-the-universe-not-empty/

Highlights from Germany and India

Institutes with close cooperation with German universities ranked high in QS World University Ranking by Subject 2021

25 Indian programmes from 12 institutions have made it to the top 100 globally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, and many of them entertain close partnerships with Germany. The Indian Institute of Science which ranked in top 100 in natural sciences has collaborations and exchange agreements with German universities such as University of Cologne, University of Wurzburg, University of Kaiserslautern and TU Munich. In the engineering and technology category, IITs Bombay, Delhi and Madras have also made it to top 100. IITs have signed various MoUs including exchange programmes with German TU9 universities and other German institutes. IIT Delhi was ranked in 13 subject tables overall and was ranked in top 100 Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. IIT Delhi has exchange programmes with several German universities and hosts the Indo Max Planck Collaboration in Computer Science (IMPECS). The QS World University Rankings by Subject use four indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citation per paper and an index used to measure the productivity.

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Upcoming events and conferences

Web-Talk: Going international for your science based startups - Connecting India and Germany

On April 28, DWIH New Delhi is organizing a web-talk for young entrepreneurs who would like to go international with their startups. The talk answers questions about how linking the local with the global at an early stage can offer opportunities for developing own business. The talk will feature experiences of entrepreneurs from India during their stay at a German University, the success story of a science-based startup at Falling Walls Lab, and experiences of two students from Germany on how their stay in India led to a business idea.

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Web Talk series: Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture, Health and Education

On May 18-20, DWIH New Delhi is organizing a series of web talks on artificial intelligence in the field of agriculture, health and education. This web talk series will explore the role of AI in reaching Sustainable Development Goals, namely Quality Education, Good Health and Well-Being and Zero Hunger. Education, healthcare and agriculture will be addressed from perspectives of developing as well as developed countries. Scientists, experts and professionals across several disciplines from India and abroad will present lectures, good practices and international projects related to AI research for societal good. Topics such as AI-driven diagnostics and personalised treatment and improvement of public health, AI technology in agricultural engineering, genomics and crop improvement, customized learning and tutoring systems with the help of AI will be addressed.

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DAAD Events

Web Panel Discussion: Students speak – Doing a PhD in Germany

Meet young scholars who are pursuing their PhD in Germany and get to know about their experience.

March 24, 2021, 3:00 PM, Online

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Calls for proposals

16 PhD Positions in Münster: Imaging Cellular Processes and Disease

The joint CiM-IMPRS graduate program of the International Max Planck Research School - Molecular Biomedicine and Münster’s Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre offers positions to pursue PhD projects in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer science. Young scientists with an interest in interdisciplinary projects to image cell dynamics from the subcellular to the patient level are eligible to apply for a total of 16 positions. Eligible PhD projects range from the analysis of basic cellular processes to clinical translation, from the application of novel biophysical approaches and the generation of mathematical models to the development of new imaging-related techniques and compounds.

Application deadline: April 4, 2021

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DAAD Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists

DAAD invites applications from university teachers and established academics and scientists for a research stay in Germany for up to three months. Candidates must have completed a doctoral degree and currently work at a university or research institute in their home country. The aim of this programme is to support short-term research stays and promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues. The programme offers DAAD grants for scientists and academics who wish to carry out research and continue their education at the request of a scientific host in Germany.

Application deadline: April 8, 2021

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Dorothea Schlözer Postdoctoral Programme for female postdocs

The Presidential Board of the Georg-August-University Göttingen - Public Law Foundation –invites applications to support 2 female postdocs for 2 years. The applicants should be planning to conduct research at the Georg-August-University in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Biology and Psychology, Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Faculty of Geoscience and Geography, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science or Faculty of Physics. Applicants with doctorate degrees are eligible to apply. 

Application deadline: April 15, 2021

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BMBF Funding call for research on green hydrogen in Germany

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) invites top researchers from all over the world to build international research teams in Germany. The aim of this call is to advance research on climate-friendly hydrogen technologies from Germany. BMBF is promoting the establishment of international future laboratories with a new funding guideline to lay foundations for further future laboratories on the topic of green hydrogen. BMBF has already launched three hydrogen lead projects that make a key contribution to the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy and are funded with around 700 million euros. Universities and research institutions can now apply for funding. The projects will each receive up to five million euros over a period of three years.

Application deadline: April 22, 2021

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Master’s in Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University welcomes applications for its two-year Master’s Programme in  Transcultural Studies, in which students from around the globe can explore the dynamics of cultural exchanges working across disciplinary and national boundaries. The emphasis lies on Asia, predominantly East and South Asia, and Europe. The MA in Transcultural Studies is a research-oriented, interdisciplinary programme in the humanities and social sciences with a trans-regional focus. It offers a wide range of courses within an international research environment. Applicants must hold a BA or equivalent (minimum three years of study) in a discipline of the humanities or social sciences.

Application deadline: June 15, 2021

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Special Call for Indo-German Bilateral Virtual Workshops

The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) invites proposals for Indo-German virtual thematic workshops for interactions between scientists/researchers from academia and industry. The workshops are to be designed around a specific research topic out of thematic areas relevant to both DST and BMBF. Scientists holding regular positions in public or private non-profit research organisations, institutions of higher education and universities are eligible to submit applications. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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Fourth call for Dioscuri Centres now open

The Dioscuri Centres of Scientific Excellence in Poland, the Max Planck Society and the Polish National Science Centre are looking for up to three Centre leaders who would like to establish their own research group at a Polish host institution. The Dioscuri Programme aims to strengthen and expand scientific excellence in Central and Eastern Europe and is being implemented in Poland as a first step. Applications are invited from outstanding early-career researchers from all scientific disciplines and of all nationalities for a Dioscuri Centre.  

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

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Institute of the month

Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC)

The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC) was established in 2010 to facilitate Indo-German R&D cooperation in the nexus of academia and industries, thus fostering innovation for overall economic and societal developments in both the countries. Through its flagship program “2+2 Mode of Partnership”, IGSTC offers funding for quadrilateral research consortia with industry and research partners from both countries. The objective is to catalyse innovation-centric R&D projects by synergising the strength of research/academic institutions and public/private industries from India and Germany. Dozens of such consortia have been funded so far, in calls ranging from industrial research to academic research. IGSTC is jointly financed by DST and the German research ministry, each with a contribution of 4 million euros (Rs 35 cr) per year. R. Madhan, Senior scientist at CSIR- NIO and Science Counsellor in Berlin from 2015-2018, took over as Director in December 2020.

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Follow @INDOGSTC on Twitter to keep abreast of current developments in industrial research and Indo-German technology partnership.

Did You Know?

You can now find the German Embassy New Delhi on LinkedIn. Follow the Embassy Linkedin page for information on upcoming webinars/events, calls for research proposals, scholarship and fellowship openings and info-pieces on developments in the Indian and German science landscape.

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